Another Perspective

Thoughts from the original Americans

“I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say.”…. Gernonimo

“When a child, my mother taught me to kneel and pray to Usen for strength, health, wisdom and protection. Sometimes we prayed in silence, sometimes each one prayed aloud; sometimes an aged person prayed for all of us.”….Geronimo

“All men were made brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who was born free should be contented when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases..”….Chief Joseph

“We live, we die, and like the grass and trees, renew ourselves from the soft earth of the grave. Stones crumble and decay, faiths grow old and they are forgotten but new beliefs are born. The faith of the villages is dust now…but it will grow again…like the trees.”….Chief Joseph

“All we wanted was peace and to be left alone. Soldiers came and destroyed our villages. Then Long Hair came… They say we massacred him, but he would have done the same to us. Our first impulse was to escape but we were so hemmed in we had to fight.”…Chief Crazy Horse

“I think I have told you, but if I have not, you must have understood, that a man who has a vision is not able to use the power of it until after he has performed the vision on earth for the people to see.”….Black Elk

“And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.”….Black Elk

“I cured with the power that came through me.”….Black Elk

“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.”…..Qwatsinas

“The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers; he belongs just as the buffalo belonged.”……Luther Standing Bear

“As a child I understood how to give, I have forgotten this grace since I have become civilized.”…..Luther Standing Bear

“A little while and I will be gone from among you, when I cannot tell. From nowhere we came, into nowhere we go. What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”….Crowfoot

“All things in the world are two. In our minds we are two, good and evil. With our eyes we see two things, things that are fair and things that are ugly…. We have the right hand that strikes and makes for evil, and we have the left hand full of kindness, near the heart. One foot may lead us to an evil way, the other foot may lead us to a good. So are all things two, all two.”….Eagle Chief

“In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beast, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and moon should man learn.”….Eagle Chief

“Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.”….Mourning Dove

“When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.”….Chief Aupumut

“Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit.”….Chief Sitting Bull

“Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am Sioux? Because I was born where my father lived? Because I would die for my people and my country?”….Chief Sitting Bull

“They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they did.”….Red Cloud

“I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love..”….Red Cloud

“It is the Native belief that sex is for creation and creation not for sex. It is not the Natives’ way to own possessions or have money,” he said. “Some natives believe in the spirit ‘Manitou’ , but no one has ever seen Him.”….Daniel

“There are three spirits, good, evil and human nature. Everyone has good and evil, some good people do evil things and evil people do good things. Human nature tries to condone evil things by lying and justifying it. It takes a brave person to admit the truth. Some natives like the white man’s way, and are like the white man. Natives are not perfect either and everyone has a choice.”….Daniel

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